Monday, July 1, 2013

Lemon Blossom Cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake Cookbook

Lemon Blossom Cupcakes from Georgetown Bakery Cookbook
Lemon Blossom Cupcakes from Georgetown Bakery Cookbook

Libraries are so rad. Ok, I'm a little biased...but I am like many and check out lots of cookbooks from the library (cookbooks are one of the most popular non-fiction circulated titles in public libraries). Recently, I picked up The Cupcake Diaries: Recipes and Memories from the Sisters of Georgetown Cupcake by Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne.

I've been to Georgetown Cupcake in 2009, and the cupcakes were very pretty. My friend Rosie came over and we made the Lemon Blossom Cupcakes.

Lemon Blossom Cupcakes from Georgetown Bakery Cookbook
Lemon Blossom Cupcakes from Georgetown Bakery Cookbook
Rosie, who recently graduated from Johnson and Wales with Bachelors of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts and Foodservice Management (Yay Rosie!!), made a few gum paste flowers. We put a little candy pearl inside the flower. Doesn't it look wonderful on my Whitney Smith pottery?

Lemon Blossom Cupcakes from Georgetown Bakery Cookbook
We had some issues with the measurements though. The recipe says it makes 12 cupcakes. Since I needed more for a work thing, we doubled the recipe - thinking we'll get 24 cupcakes. However, we got 36 cupcakes plus a 6-cup Bundt cake! So...we think the yield in the cookbook is slightly off or they are making huge cupcakes. I think the basic recipe can get you 20-24 cupcakes, not the 12 cupcakes listed.

Lemon Blossom Cupcakes from Georgetown Bakery Cookbook
Also, the recipe says to use 1/2 CUP lemon zest from 2-3 lemons. I used 4 organic lemons and got only 1/4 of a cup when using the microplane. Do they have really big lemons on the East Coast or am I missing something? Since the recipe called for 1/2 CUP zest in both the batter and the frosting, I zested all the lemons I had (about 6) and used all the zest I got out of them.

Lemon Blossom Cupcakes from Georgetown Bakery Cookbook
I made my first Instagram Video! It shows Rosie frosting the cupcake (with Macklemore playing in the background). Find it here. The frosting was was a combo of butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon zest!

Lemon Blossom Cupcakes from Georgetown Bakery Cookbook
Thanks to my UCLA college roommate, Agnes for these adorable little cupcake stands. They are making their debut on the blog! :) Also, congrats to the UCLA Baseball team that recently won our first College World Series championship. Woooo hoooo! That gives UCLA 109 NCAA Championships...the most of any college. #GoBruins

Lemon Blossom Cupcakes
From: The Cupcake Diaries: Recipes and Memories from the Sisters of Georgetown Cupcake by Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 stick/8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
2 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups whole milk, room temperature
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup freshly graded lemon zest (2-3 lemons) - this is what is listed in the recipe...I didn't get close to this amount from four lemons.
For the Lemon Cream-Cheese Frosting
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (1/2 stick)
6 oz cream cheese, room temperature
4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup freshly graded lemon zest (2-3 lemons) - again, they must have crazy big lemons in Washington DC! :)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard cupcakes pan with 12 paper baking cups.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt on a sheet  of wax paper and set aside.
3a. Measure out the sugar in a small bowl. Add the zest and rub together with your fingers to release the lemon's oil.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a bowl with a handheld electric mixer, cream together the butter and lemony sugar for 3-5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly after each addition.
4. Add the vanilla to the milk in a large liquid measuring cup.
5. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients followed by 1/3 of the milk, and mix thoroughly. Repeat. Stop to scrape down the bowl as needed. Add the last third of dry ingredients followed by the last third of milk. Mix slowly until just incorporated. Add lemon juice, and mix at low speed.
6. Scoop the batter into the cupcake pas using a slandered size ice cream scoop until the cups are 2/3 full, and bake for 16-18 minutes (start checking at 15 minutes) , or until a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

1. Combine the ingredients in a mixture and whip together at high speed until light and airy, approximately 3-5 minutes.
2. Frost cupcakes. We used a large tip. See my instagram video:

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  1. Those *are* smaller lemons than we usually have here in Indiana. Those look like the Meyer lemons we get. The size of your lemons in relation to that half-cup measure are how our regular lemons usually look in relation to a full-cup measure. My mom said, "I don't know where she's getting those tiny lemons, but they do come larger than that!" ;-)

    When I zest a lemon I take off every bit of yellow from the rind, to make sure I get as much as possible. If it's more than I need for a recipe I freeze the rest.

  2. That looks like one beautiful cupcake! I love anything with lemon!

  3. Those little cupcake stands are adorable! And Go Bruins!! We rock!

  4. These are just gorgeous cupcakes - so perfectly decorated.

  5. These cupcakes are just delightful :) I love lemon!

  6. I made them too! Here's my adventure with them:
    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! ^__^

  7. I finally picked some meyer lemons off my tree and made these cupcakes. I did half a batch and it made 10 cupcakes. They were really moist. I zested at least 7 lemons. I ended up having 2 cups of lemon juice that I will make strawberry lemonade with.

  8. Hi! What kind of microplane do you have? It looks like there are two different sized graters on one plane. Thanks!

  9. I made these after making numerous recipes from Georgetown cupcakes. All the other recipes were wonderful, but these were a little too dense for me. They had amazing lemon flavor, but if you like fluffy cupcakes, then try another lemon cupcake recipe. Georgetown Cupcakes: I still love ya!